Irish cyberpsychologist Mary Aiken inspires latest CSI TV spin-off

20 Feb 2014

Mary Aiken, cyberpsychologist

From RCSI to CSI – a potential new spin-off from the TV series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation has been inspired by the work of Irish cyberpsychologist Mary Aiken at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

The planned spin-off will explore technology and human behaviour and will revolve around the character of Avery Ryan (inspired by Aiken, who is a producer on the show), a special agent in charge at the Cyber Crime Division of the FBI.

Aiken is a cyberpsychologist and research fellow at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)’s Institute of Leadership. Her research looks at the impact of emerging technology on human behaviour, including the negative aspects such as cyberbullying, criminal activities and anxiety. Her work has explored areas such as human trafficking, cybersecurity and online profiling.

It’s not Aiken’s first time to be involved in a TV series – she was a featured expert, writer and researcher on the TV3 series Crime in Mind. The pilot for the potential new series will air as a CSI episode in America this spring on CBS.

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Dr Claire O’Connell is a scientist-turned-writer with a PhD in cell biology and a master’s in science communication